Home Slope: Lindsey Vonn Claims Fourth Straight World Cup Victory at Beaver Creek
Lindsey Vonn is used to outside pressure. But last week at her hometown in Beaver Creek, the pressure came from within.
Fresh off a resounding sweep at Lake Louise, she sought to extend her already commanding lead in the overall World Cup standings on home turf. And she did resoundingly – by claiming her fourth straight series race with a Super-G victory.
“I woke up feeling nervous and anxious and excited,” Lindsey said after the race, rocking her Oakley snow goggles. “When I got to the start, I was freaking out. I was listening to some rap music, trying to get my head straight, but I told my coach, ’I’m really nervous, can you help me out?’ He tried to get me fired up, but that didn’t really help too much.”
Following some tentative moments on the course, she made her charge at the bottom to edge Fabienne Suter of Switzerland by 0.37 seconds for her fifth win in six races this season.
“I felt like I didn’t ski very well on the very top and also through the middle,” she continued. “I ran the line a little bit too low and barely made a couple of gates. But on the bottom, I knew that if I attacked it, I could make up time, so that’s what I tried to do. I tried to ski aggressively in the fall line and carry the speed all the way through the finish. Thankfully, I skied the bottom well and was able to win.”
Visibly stoked on her first win on U.S. soil this year, she threw down a Tim Tebow-esque pose on the podium platform for the cameras to see.
“It was awesome. I looked up in the crowd and saw a lot of kids. I saw a lot of American flags waving, and it’s really special…I’ve always wanted to race here at home, since the world championships in ’99 when I was a course slipper. Of the 46 wins I have so far, this has probably been the most special.”
Even more special, her recent success has catapulted her to third place on the all-time list for wins on the Women’s World Cup series.
All-in-all, it’s already been an epic season for Oakley’s ski star. But her care for the young fans of the sport is even more impressive.
“The kids are so excited to have a race like this in their hometown. I think that is extremely important for kids, just to be inspired and go out there and do their best. I’m going to sign as many jackets and helmets as it takes to make sure no one gets in trouble for missing school.”